Chai Recipe
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Chai (rhymes with "pie") is the word for tea in some parts of the world...but in India, it's a spiced milk tea that's becoming more popular in North America. This recipe is just as tasty as any coffee-house chai. —Peggy Fleming
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 2 cups water
  • 2 individual tea bags
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 6 cardamom pods, crushed
  • 1 whole clove
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2-1/2 cups milk
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • Sweetened whipped cream, ground cinnamon and cinnamon sticks, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 159 calories, 5g fat (3g saturated fat), 21mg cholesterol, 75mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (23g sugars, 0 fiber), 5g protein.


  1. In a small saucepan, combine the first six ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 5 minutes.
  2. Stir in milk. Return to a boil; boil for 1 minute, then strain. Stir in sugar until dissolved. Pour into mugs. Top each with whipped cream, cinnamon and a cinnamon stick if desired. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Chai in Taste of Home October/November 2004, p20

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ms.b. User ID: 2237045 137511
Reviewed Oct. 2, 2013

"I make this recipe many many times throughout the cooler months. However, I've altered it some. I buy all ground spices except for the cloves...put all the spices in a coffee filter and tie the filter with the tea bag strings. It makes for an easy cleanup, and no straining to worry about. It's a great recipe that I highly recommend."

JoanieS68 User ID: 1382984 59755
Reviewed Jan. 8, 2012

"I am a Chai LOVER and this recipe was great! It made a lot, but I refrigerated the leftovers and had some the next 2 days! DELISH!"

JoanieS68 User ID: 1382984 150158
Reviewed Jan. 8, 2012

"I am a Chai LOVER and this recipe was great! It made a lot, but I refrigerated the leftovers and had some the next 2 days! DELISH!"

corpuscissy User ID: 5655143 56723
Reviewed Mar. 16, 2011

"Oh yes, it is c l o v e s in chai tea, NO chocolate ! Looking at my box of chai tea and it uses black tea , cinnamon, Ginger Root, black pepper, cardamom, c l o v e s, and star anise."

corpuscissy User ID: 5655143 206426
Reviewed Mar. 16, 2011

"Live in South Texas,can someone let me know where to find cardamom "pods" ? We love chai tea but the chai tea bags I have found do not have enough spice, so I would like to try this one. Thanks !"

dr_pace User ID: 4427681 138123
Reviewed Jan. 10, 2011

"a hot tea that I finely like; thanks so much for sharing!"

LauraManning User ID: 968398 122302
Reviewed Nov. 29, 2010

"Really great recipe."

hamy User ID: 3401072 64068
Reviewed Jan. 18, 2010

"I make this recipe often and love it! I have the recipe in the 2005 Taste of Home cookbook and it does say c-l-o-v-e, note dove, in the book. I highly recommend it!"

Jeepinls User ID: 4497506 60675
Reviewed Nov. 14, 2009

"actually preparing to make, however I hope Kris in Michigan feels great about being born knowing all things culinary. A person familiar with chai spices would know it meant clove, even though it does kinda look like dove. Perhaps someone venturing out of the familiar would read the ingredient list and think"clove of garlic?" I find that reviews are helpful in locating tweaks for various recipes, and possible substitutions for hard to find ingredients. Lighten up =)"

crp1029 User ID: 4454966 56136
Reviewed Nov. 8, 2009

"It does say CLOVE, not DOVE"

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